In my 'day job' as a management consultant, I get to work with a variety of people around the world and help them master new concepts and learning material. I enjoy teaching/coaching and seeing people grow through their learning experiences.
During my spare time, I enjoy traveling, meeting new people, and learning something about their life, perspectives, and experiences. I also like to study world history and civilizations, play music, and dabble in scale modeling while at home.
My goal as your tutor is to help you have an enjoyable and productive learning experience. I'll do my best to help you learn the material in way best suited to you and see that you have fun while doing it.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Los Angeles - Bachelors, Economics
Graduate Degree: University of Chicago - Masters, Accounting-Finance-Marketing
Travel, world history & civilizations, music
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to help you understand material in a way best suited to you and see if we can have fun while doing it. Some people are more conceptual in their learning style, while others are more hands-on and like to see concrete examples. Whatever your style, my goal is to create an enjoyable and productive learning environment for you.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Identify the topics the student would like to cover and the specific areas the student is having difficulties with. Jointly review the text or problem sets the student is struggling with and work through them together. At the end of the session, summarize key learnings and set out the agenda for the next session.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I've found the best way for a student to become an independent learner is to internalize and apply the key concepts, decision rules, or learnings to different situations or contexts.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Help them objectively see that they are making real progress toward mastering the learning material and meeting their goals.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Understand why and where the student is having difficulty. Try presenting the material in a way better suited to the learning style of the student. Sometimes this means presenting a "big picture" view; other times, it means breaking the problem down into smaller, easier-to-grasp pieces.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Translate difficult passages into easier-to-understand everyday language. Sometimes academics aren't the easiest people to understand. They seem like they take easy subjects and make them complicated, instead of the other way around.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Spend some time upfront to understand their goals and objectives. Have them describe what a successful learning session would look like.